By Melissa Moog, Itsabelly.com Founder
If you read my recent article I was venting about having morning sickness aka all day sickness so I wanted to share some quick tips on how to combat this icky feeling in your belly naturally and drug free. I also want to thank all of our wonderful followers on Twitter and Facebook for sending in their tips. There is a link to our Facebook page below so you can take a peek at these tips too.
Keep in mind there are some cases where women need professional medical advice because their morning sickness is so severe and dehydration can be detrimental to the pregnancy. If you have a severe case it is important you consult with a medical professional such as your OBGYN as soon as possible.
First, what is morning sickness? In reviewing several definitions I found that the technical definition is stated as “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy”. In asking my doctor what causes morning sickness she informed me that no one knows for sure but some possible causes are:
- A significant rise in the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). In women carrying multiples the hCG levels rise even higher.
- A surge of the estrogen hormone
- Sensitivity to scent. Many pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell which can cause them to be extremely sensitive to odors.
- A sensitive stomach
- You’re also more prone to having morning sickness: if you had it during your first pregnancy, you’re pregnant with twins or more, you have motion sickness, you’ve battled with migraine headaches in the past
Now let’s get on to the various natural and organic remedies that have worked for me and what other pregnant women have shared. Please note that you can purchase most of these items at a natural food store like Whole Foods.
Natural & Drug Free Recommendations
Anything with ginger! Ginger if you didn’t know is an herb that helps soothe the digestive system. Items such as:
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Morning Wellness Tea – Organic herbal tea for queasy mamas
Ginger Chews – try to avoid too much sugar but having these handy in your purse can be a life saver
Ginger Ale – try to find Ginger Ale with real ginger and no high fructose corn syrup
Organic Preggie Pops or Drops – again try to avoid eating too much sugar but sucking on these for quick relief while you’re on the go are great!
Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal Vitamin – a natural, food based prenatal vitamin which you can find at a natural food store like Whole Foods
Eat. Drink. – It is important when you’re pregnant to eat small snacks every 2-3 hours so you never let yourself get hungry and keep yourself hydrated (water is best) as this can cause nausea too!
Crackers – when waking up in the AM sitting up for a few minutes and eating a cracker can help settle your nausea
Non-Food Products & Acupuncture
Happy Mama Spray – is virtual bliss in a bottle! A gloriously uplifting aromatherapy spray, it’s made only with pure essential oils and flower essences.
Bio Bands or Motion Sickness Bands (Sea Bands)
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